Justice for Kamsisomwa farmers

Update posted by Nicodem Nicolaus On May 14, 2019

Thank you for donating and helping us to start our campaign. We have been able to find a good lawyer and get some advice on how to open our case. All the farmers whose houses were burnt have been asked to sign that they support the case and are ready to appear in court. We think we can collect over 31 signatures from all the Kamsisomwa farmers and numbers from the ones who have a phone. 9 from Mwasha and 22 from Kasakati. But some of the farmers do not want to sign because they are afraid to go to the court.

Also we only need another 5US$ to be able to appear on the listings of the Gogetfunding website. Write to us to our email if you would like to become an organizing member on this campaign. We are not fast with using the computer.

We recieved a comment about the Free Prior Informed Consent of REDD+. We wrote that “we were not involved in the planning of the project and we refused to accept it”.

The Jane Goodall Institute worked with the village leaders to plan the project and they held a village general assembly meeting. We were not informed about that meeting and so we did not know about it until it had already passed. Our areas are far away from the village office. In Mwasha, after the first meeting of REDD+, to select the youth and have the training for the forest monitors, the forest monitors came to Mwasha and asked us to move. They just came saying “move, because we have set this part for conservation so that we can sell carbon air.” They just told us to move. We requested the chairman of Kirando to come and explain the decision but he did not appear. We went to the chairman of Lyabusende and were shown the map of the REDD+ area, set for carbon dioxide air absorption.

When we “how come the area has been set without us being involved or informed” they told us the decision had come from a high level in Tanzania. The leader replied he had no way to answer because it had been passed already. We proceeded with raising our complaints, organizing ourselves into a group with our own secretary and chairman.

Now the area of Mwasha has been included in the Land Use Planning of Sigunga, who did not do their planning before REDD+ (unlike the other six villages) and the new villages that have grown up like Mkuku. However in Kasakati they have been told they are going to be asked to leave the place and they were threatened last year by Forest Monitors. The area will be a researve called the “Masito Local Authority Forest Reserve”.

Thank you for supporting us in our struggle.

–By Ibrahim, from Mwasha.

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I have written to the Jane Goodall Institute asking that Jane Goodall herself provides an explanation of the Institute’s abhorrent actions. I have yet to receive a reply. As most of us know, REDD+ plus is a scam, but now we have yet more proof of its criminal actions in alienating your land and bodily removing you all from it. I will write to the Institute again.

Ian & Cathlin Manning

Update posted by May 14

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Glad to hear you found a lawyer Nicodem (kindly send me your contact details - and the lawyer's). I have written to Jane Goodall requesting she explain what has happened, and to repair the damage. The Institute should withdraw the REDD+ landgrab scheme and make reparations to the abused. REDD+ is a major scam, and the Goodall Institute should be ashamed of its involvement. I have been fighting REDD+ in Zambia where they are ushered in by USAID. Goodall appears not to know that REDD+ stops us paying attention to the real problem of ensuring that we keep fossil fuels in the ground. Ian ([email protected])

Ian & Cathlin Manning

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We wrote that “we were not involved in the planning of the project and we refused to accept it”. The Jane Goodall Institute worked with the village leaders to plan the project and they held a village general assembly meeting. We were not informed about that meeting and so we did not know about it until it had already passed. Our areas are far away from the village office. In Mwasha, after the first meeting of REDD+, to select the youth and have the training for the forest monitors, the forest monitors came to Mwasha and asked us to move. They just came saying “move, because we have set this part for conservation so that we can sell carbon air.” They just told us to move. - by Ibrahim, farmer from Mwasha

Nicodem Nicolaus

Posted On May 14, 2019

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REDD and all forms of carbon offsets allow the fossil fuel industry to continue. In many cases, like this one, Free Prior & Informed Consent, as stated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. has not been followed. While I have been a fan of Jane Goodall's most of my life, I am deeply disappointed that she supports REDD programs in Africa which have evicted many people from their territories and even resulted in at least one death of a child. And, I hope that she reconsiders her idea of endorsing any carbon offset program anywhere.

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